Latest DDT Stories

2006-09-14 16:15:00

WASHINGTON - The World Health Organization is poised to promote broader use of the pesticide DDT in the battle against malaria. Long banned in the United States because of environmental damage, DDT is used legally in a few impoverished countries to kill malaria-bearing mosquitoes. It no longer is sprayed outdoors, but indoors "” to coat the inside walls of mud huts or other dwellings where mosquitoes lurk. The aim is to protect sleeping families from bites at night. There has been...

2006-07-31 11:19:52

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Controlled indoor spraying of the infamous pesticide DDT is poised to make a comeback in countries that have tried and failed to do without it in the battle against malaria, according to a special news feature in the journal Nature Medicine. Malaria is caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium, which is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Apoorva Mandavilli, senior news editor of the science journal, notes in the article...

2006-06-23 17:55:00

CORDELIA, Calif. -- Miles from the shoreline, 10 baby brown pelicans lounge by a pool in a roomy cage, large buckets of fish there for the taking. Just days ago, these birds could not feed themselves at all. Scores of starving baby pelicans - emaciated, cold and too weak to fly - are washing up on California beaches in disturbing numbers this spring. The underfed California brown pelicans have stirred concerns over the endangered species, which in recent years has shown strong signs of...

2006-06-15 09:37:17

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's use of controversial pesticide DDT has helped it achieve a huge reduction in malaria cases over the past five years, the health minister said on Friday. DDT is effective in killing malaria-spreading mosquitoes but is blamed for deaths, cancer and birth defects and is outlawed by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, except when used for disease control. South Africa stopped using the insecticide in 1996 due to international...

2006-06-01 04:37:26

By Orla Ryan OBUASI, Ghana (Reuters) - Ghanaian mineworker James Ankoma knows what it is like to be laid low with malaria. "Body weakness, painful joints, high temperatures and chills," he says, listing the symptoms of a disease which the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates kills over one million people a year globally, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, Ankoma has taken four days off work at Ghana's oldest mine, Obuasi, to recuperate from malaria. And he...

2006-05-08 10:15:00

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania is lifting a 2004 ban on the pesticide DDT so it can be used to fight mosquitoes carrying malaria in the east African nation. Tanzania had signed up to an international treaty -- known as the Stockholm Convention -- which seeks to outlaw the use of dangerous industrial chemicals dubbed the "dirty dozen" and blamed for deaths, cancer or birth defects. DDT, while covered by the convention, is exempted when used for disease control. Health Minister David...

2006-04-18 08:00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Greenpeace has found banned pesticides and excessive levels of other chemicals in fresh vegetables sold by Hong Kong's two major supermarket chains. The environmental group said the two chains, ParknShop and Wellcome, had obtained more than 80 percent of their vegetable supplies from mainland China, where many banned pesticides were still illegally used, particularly in southern Guangdong province, just north of Hong Kong. The two chains, which have more than 200 retail...

2006-02-07 09:52:30

OLD TOWN, Maine -- A research group is conducting studies of bald eagles to determine the levels of environmental toxins in their systems and gain a better understanding of the overall health of the bird population. As part of the project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Steve Mierzykowski used a scalpel and medical scissors on Sunday to part a dead eagle's feathers and slice through its skin and flesh. A few well-placed snips and Mierzykowski removed the liver, placing it in a...

2005-11-14 18:56:58

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Researchers have found male fish with eggs in their testes and female sex traits off the coast of Southern California and believe that chemicals in sewage may be the cause, an author of two studies said on Monday. The two reports found the changes in fish such as English sole and California halibut, both of which are bottom dwellers, in water near where sewage is released, said Dan Schlenk, an environmental scientist at the University of...

2005-10-06 07:43:24

GENEVA (Reuters) - European children are absorbing dangerous chemicals into their blood from computers, textiles, cosmetics and electrical appliances, according to a new study released on Thursday. The conservation body WWF said results of its first European Union-wide family testing survey found a total of 73 man-made hazardous compounds in the blood of grandmothers, mothers and children from 13 families in 12 countries. The highest number of chemicals, an average of 63 and...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'